There are many definitions assigned to the phrase, smoke and mirrors. Most of them linked to the art of deception or the purveying of untruths.
But hold on a minute, this has always seemed extreme to me.
Perfection is a confidence killer; no-one has experience of everything. Consequently, a bit of smoke of mirrors used with positive intent can sometimes help you move forward.
No, I’m not advocating dishonesty. Far from it. What I’m saying is that when you are breaking new ground, business or career, sometimes you have to get creative with what you have at your fingertips.
Perception is a powerful thing. A bit of smoke and mirrors added to a foundation of truth can help build confidence, opportunities and rapport.